Seattle's 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Seattle dining scene. Here are Seattle’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Lola Seattle
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Asian, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Downtown
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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,540 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
You know the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle enters the beast’s soaring, book-lined library? If you’re a wine lover, you’ll feel the same way walking into Purple Cafe and Read more
86% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
4,962 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
When Wild Ginger opened almost 30 years ago, the food scene in America was markedly different: there were few sushi bars, few ramen joints, few places to eat Korean barbecue. Wild Read more
82% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Lola Seattle

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown
3,624 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
On its surface, Lola is an excellent Greek spot—dig deeper, though, and you’ll see a Seattle institution, a restaurant with a true sense of place. Chef Tom Douglas uses the best ofRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Shuckers

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,971 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
Shuckers is a Seattle classic in every sense of the word, from the oak paneling to the gleaming fixtures to the perfect platters of oysters. Come for a martini and a dozen at happyRead more
87% recommended
Seafood in Seattle

Tilth

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,703 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Tilth is one of Seattle’s most lauded restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chef Maria Hines takes the best of what’s in season, then transforms it into new-American dishes thRead more
85% recommended
Healthy in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Dahlia Lounge

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
4,719 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
For the past twenty years, Dahlia Lounge has been at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest version of fine dining: impeccable ingredients, great service, and a thoughtful, irreverRead more
87% recommended
Northwest in Seattle

The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,725 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
For a true steakhouse experience—the charred, meaty steaks, the perfectly crisp wedge salads, the rainbow of sides—it’s hard to beat The Capital Grille. The staff knows what they’rRead more
91% recommended
Special Occasions in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Tulio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,749 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
Tulio is a stately, handsome Italian restaurant in the downtown Hotel Vintage Park, where chef Walter Pisano infuses Northern Italian cuisine with the spirit of the Pacific NorthweRead more
85% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
3,042 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
There are few places better than Cafe Juanita for pitch-perfect Italian food—and this Seattle institution has been going strong since 1980. And after a recent renovation, the spaceRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Umi Sake House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
1,234 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Fit for Foodies
Umi Sake House is one of the more fun spots to dine in Seattle, with a voluminous menu devoted to sushi and Japanese-American classics and, unsurprisingly, an extensive sake list. Read more
92% recommended
Japanese in Seattle / Eastern Washington